In the second quarter of this year AMD held a record 11.2 percent market share for x86 server processors, according to Mercury Research. The research firm states AMD increased its share from 7.4 percent in the first quarter to 11.2 percent in the second quarter, a 51 percent jump.
The milestone is important in that server chips sell for more than desktop ones. An increase in sales of Opteron servers also gives AMD an opportunity to sell chips to manufacturers of business desktops and servers. To date, the vast majority of AMD desktop and notebook chips have gone into consumer computers. Though prices of chips sold to these two markets are often similar, the business market remains larger than the consumer market.